1923: Douglas Fairbanks & Mary Pickford Move To…Adelaide?
Douglas Fairbanks & Mary Pickford Move To…Adelaide? It may sound like a joke now, nearly 100 years later, but, in 1923, there was a strong possibility that Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford were about to relocate their cinematic empire and set up shop in Adelaide, South Australia. Such a move, if successful, would have seen Adelaide become the New Hollywood. When word broke at the end of July, 1923, that the dashing Fairbanks, easily the most popular and best known male film star in the world behind Charlie Chaplin, and his wife Mary Pickford, would be coming to Adelaide to film Fairbanks’s next movie, The Black Pirate , in and around the Adelaide Hills the city went crazy. Fairbanks, and by association, Hollywood, was coming to Adelaide. How could this happen? When it came to planning movies, Fairbanks was meticulous, often spending more time in pre-production than actual filming. Every stunt was rehearsed to perfection, every set and location was perfect and T